Male Short-eared Owl in evening light

imageMale Short-eared Owl in evening light- Nikon D200, f5.6, 1/1000, ISO 800, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

The nicknames for Short-eared Owls are many and include Evening Owl, Mouse-hawk, Marsh Owl, Bog Owl and Flat-faced Owl but I just call them Shorties in the field. Short-eared Owls are active both day and night and can be seen hunting low over the ground. They have a floppy almost moth-like flight which often times helps me ID them from a long distance. The males are paler than the females and often have fewer stripes on the breast.

This beautiful male (who appears to be molting) was photographed in the Centennial Valley of Montana several years ago.

Mia

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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.

7 Comments

  1. Humming Bird Lover

    HI!

    love this Owl so much color and poise! Great photo. Have a very special time shooting!

  2. Like the tiptoeing Willet you posted yesterday, I like the roomy composition of this inflight image — nice work Mia. Looking forward to more from Montana.

  3. Owls make my heart sing. Thank you so much for starting my day with a song.
    And have a wonderful trip.

  4. Nice image! This one is very pale. Have never seen one that pale in CA. I also love Short-eared Owls. We had one on Martha’s Vineyard Island last winter too after being absent for 5 years. Nice to see!

  5. Patty Chadwick

    Great shot! I didn’t realize “all” those birds were the same one…

  6. Beautiful shot of the Owl!

  7. The feathers do seem to have a soft appearance. Lovely.

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